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Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka's August 2012 Message

RI President's Message - August 2012

Dear fellow Rotarians,

IWhat is Rotary? When I ask Rotarians this question, they often give vague answers. And when I asked myself this question, I had to think about it. August is Membership and Extension Month in Rotary, and I want all Rotarians to be able to send a unified message about what Rotary is and why they joined.

The key to increasing membership is for every Rotarian to be convinced that it’s good to be a Rotarian, and to convey that passion to others. In Rotary, we have a tendency to be humble and keep our achievements to ourselves. But we must share them with those around us and with the world.

Every Rotarian has a specific moment that stands out and has a special meaning. Some people refer to this as their “Rotary Moment.” I believe it is very important to share this moment with others. Facts and numbers can only go so far, but sharing a personal experience can open doors and build friendships.
That’s why I decided to create some sample messages that I call “Rotary Moments.” You can use these one-minute and three-minute messages to answer the question “What is Rotary?” in a way that is most personal to you. They will help you talk about the projects you’ve been involved in, how they’ve helped your community, and what’s been most meaningful to you.

To strengthen Rotary, we need more members. But unless those members are convinced of the benefits of the organization and can share that passion with others, expanding Rotary won’t be meaningful.

If every Rotarian is happy about being a Rotarian and spreads the word with a clear, unified message – if every Rotarian around the world can be his or her own PR department – the combined, collective effect will be enormous. These sample messages will help us all clearly communicate our enthusiasm to others. This will lead to an increase in new membership and in member retention.

The messages are available for free download at www.rotary.org, and Rotarians can buy other membership materials at shop.rotary.org.

I believe that the purpose of every life is to help others and contribute to society. Once Rotarians begin using these samples, the world will become more aware of how Rotary is helping people live that way. I encourage you to share your Rotary Moment with other Rotarians as well as non-Rotarians.

Sakuji Tanaka
President, Rotary International
"Peace Through Service"


TRF Chairman PRIP Wilf Wilkinson's August 2012 Message

Trustee chair's message - August 2012

To achieve our goals, we need every Rotarian

At the RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, in May, I spoke about The Rotary Foundation's five important goals for this year. Goals that require great efforts, not only by the leadership of Rotary, such as club presidents, district governors, RI directors, and Foundation trustees, but by all 1.2 million Rotarians, everywhere in the world – including the ones who couldn't attend the convention.

The Foundation will achieve our monetary goal only if every Rotarian, and every club, contributes something this Rotary year. And we will be successful in rolling out our Future Vision Plan worldwide only if every district, working with the regional Rotary Foundation coordinators and district officers, provides the recommended structure and training that will result in a stronger and more cost-effective way of Doing Good in the World.

With a more efficient Foundation, we will support the goal of RI President Sakuji Tanaka to build Peace Through Service . We will do this while we plan for the introduction of stewardship safeguards, particularly for District Designated Fund spending.

No goal is ever achieved without a plan. Your club and district should already have a plan in place for achieving your goals for 2012-13, and now is the time to put it into action. To reach our goals, every Rotarian, club, and district should participate in The Rotary Foundation, whether by carrying out a Foundation grant project, telling others about the good work that Rotary accomplishes every day, or raising funds to support our educational and humanitarian efforts. I urge every Rotarian to commit today to achieve Rotary's 2012-13 goals. We can do it. We will do it, but only if every Rotarian in the world plays his or her part.

So, Rotarians, let's get started.

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson
Foundation Trustee Chair

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